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Chelsea’s defence came under scrutiny in the 3-3 draw against Southampton. The Blues were in a leading position and should have won the game after going 2-0 up, but Chelsea ended up conceding three goals and got only a point from the game.
Following that awful defensive performance, it was expected that Sevilla will exploit Chelsea’s weak defence in the Champions League tie, but both teams played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after that game, Lampard admitted that he was pleased with the clean sheet, and ahead of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford, Lampard has said that keeping a clean sheet against Sevilla would give his side confidence to play Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Lampard told the media today during a press briefing: “A clean sheet always gives confidence. That’s great, but it’s very simplistic to look at games and say ‘that game you conceded so these things are all wrong’ and ‘that game because it was a clean sheet these things are all right’.
“My job is to constantly analyse what was good and what was bad. Some parts of that game off the ball were not as good as I wanted them to be. Our defending in the box and our resilience certainly was. That really pleased me.
“We were really good as those finer details off the ball last year, in terms of when we set how hard we worked to win it back, the pressure we put on teams. That wasn’t how we were conceding goals, we were conceding goals in other ways we were very aware of.
“I’m happy with the clean sheet and we keep going.”